Publius Septimius Geta

Publius Septimius Geta

Male 189 - 211  (22 years)    Has 22 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Publius Septimius Geta  
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 7 Mar 189  Rom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 211  Rom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I668481  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2009 

    Father Lucius Septimius Severus,   b. 11 Apr 146, Leptis Magna Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 211, Eboracum, York, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Iulia Domna,   b. Abt 170, Emesa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 217, Antiocheia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 187 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F293976  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Mitkaiser 211

      was born in Rome , at a time when his father was only a provincial governor at the service of emperor Commodus .
      Geta was always in a place secondary to his older brother Lucius, the heir known as Caracalla. Perhaps due to this, the relations between the two were difficult from their early years. Conflicts were constant and often required the mediation of their mother. To appease his youngest son, Septimius Severus gave Geta the title of Augustus in 209. During the campaign against the Britons of the early 3rd century, the imperial propaganda publicized a happy family that shared the responsibilities of rule. Caracalla was his father's second in command, Julia Domna the trusted counsellor and Geta had administrative and bureaucratic duties. Truth was that the rivalry and antipathy between the brothers was far from being improved.

      When Septimius Severus died in Eboracum in the beginning of 211, Caracalla and Geta were proclaimed joint emperors and returned to Rome.

      Regardless, the shared throne was not a success: the brothers argued about every decision, from law to political appointments. Later sources speculate about the desire of the two of splitting the empire in two halves. By the end of the year, the situation was unbearable. Caracalla tried to murder Geta during the festival of Saturnalia without success. Later in December he arranged a meeting with his brother in his mother's apartments, and had him murdered in her arms by centurions .
      Following Geta's assassination, Caracalla damned his memory and ordered his name to be removed from all inscriptions. The now sole emperor also took the opportunity to get rid of his political enemies, on the grounds of conspiracy with the deceased. Cassius Dio stated that around 20,000 persons of both sexes were killed and/or proscribed during this time.


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